"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are." 
— Carl Jung
February 27, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
SPJ Guest Speaker: Kevin McCarthy

Tuesday, February 28th @ 5PM
The Hub Room 1012

Join the Society of Professional Journalists for a discussion with entertainment reporter Kevin McCarthy of Fox5. Bring your questions and your friends! Click here to learn more.

Sojourner Truth Lecture: Janet Mock

From the CFA website: "An Evening with Janet Mock has been postponed to a later date in the Fall...The new date will be announced soon." Click here to read the full cancellation statement.

MCN Panda Express Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 1st from 12PM to 3PM
Panda Express, Merten Hall
(see coupon below)
Mason Cable Network will be hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday at the on-campus location of Panda Express. Make sure to present a printed copy or mobile version of the coupon below when ordering so that MCN can benefit from your purchase.

Student Employee Workshop Series
Ethics Training: What Would You Do?
Friday, March 3rd @ 2PM
The Hub 2400

Join University Career Services for an interactive workshop designed to uncover the pros and cons of  ethical problem solving. Click here to register.
WGMU Radio and MCN Live Sports
Broadcast Schedule:

Men's Basketball vs. Duquesne
  (WGMU + MCN)

  Wednesday, March 1st @ 7PM

• Men's Baseball vs Marist College (MCN)

   Friday, March 3rd @ 2:30PM

• Men's Volleyball vs McKendree (MCN)      
   Friday, March 3rd @ 7PM

• Men's Baseball vs Marist College (MCN)
   Saturday, March 4th @ 2PM

Men's Basketball at VCU (WGMU)
  Saturday, March 4th @ 2PM

• Men's Volleyball vs Coker (MCN)
   Saturday, March 4th @ 5PM


Senior Portraits

March 7-9th
JC Atrium, Room 121
next to the Grad Fair!

Reserve your spot today: (enter school code 700). A $10 sitting fee is required.
Content Spotlight
Mason Cable News' NEW Set
After many months of planning and anticipation, Mason Cable News was thrilled to debut a brand new set last Wednesday during their weekly MCNews live broadcast. The set was was created by Leonard Orange from Richmond, VA who is a history teacher at Hermitage High School and director of Herm TV. Prior to becoming a history teacher, Orange worked at a local news station in Richmond, VA and has a background in media production and set design.

MCNews Director
Airelle Thornhill spearheaded the set redesign project and had this to say upon the successful completion: "This set was a year-long passion project, and we're excited for the new advancements and opportunities this will provide the Mason Cable Network and the Mason Cable News family."

Congratulations to the entire MCN team and a special thank you to Leonard Orange for creating the awesome new set!

Check out new episodes from MCN:
Click the video above to watch MCNews' first broadcast using the new set!
Photo courtesy of Mason Cable Network
In Case You Missed It
SPJ Hosts Freelance Reporter Lani Furbank

The Society of Professional Journalists welcomed guest speaker Lani Furbank on Tuesday, February 21st and attendees got a taste of a day in the life of a freelance writer. SPJ members and guests had a chance to ask questions and gain insight into the diverse and exciting opportunities that freelance journalists experience and some of the unique possibilities that can come from seeking out your own assignments. Attendees also explored some of the challenges and obstacles that face freelancers.

Thank you, Lani Furbank, for sharing your experience and helping us prepare for the future!

Photo courtesy of SPJ
So to Speak Raises $1,500 for TWOCC
On Sunday, February 12, So to Speak also hosted a poetry reading during the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference at The Potter's House in Washington, D.C to raise funds in support of the DC Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC).
Here is what So to Speak blog editor Holly Mason had to say about the event:

"The event space was fully packed
every seat was taken and guests were standing. We raised nearly $500 in cash at the event, and the online donations of those who couldn't make it or didn't have cash pushed us up to well over $1,000 in donations for the Trans Women of Color Collective."

To the left is a screenshot of TWOCC's Facebook shout out to So to Speak and pictures of the staff with TWOCC Director Lourdes Ashley Hunter.
Read So to Speak's full blog post about the event at

Photos courtesy of So to Speak
Student Media Attends Honor College's
"Celebration of Excellence"

PR & Design Team members Lottye Lockhart, Jenny Shaskan, and new recruit Da'Quan Henderson represented Student Media at the Honors College's "Celebration of Excellence" fair that took place on Saturday, February 25th. Attendees at the event included students accepted to Mason's Honor College that have yet to commit and their families.

The fair was a great opportunity to connect with prospective students, distribute publications and flyers, and give away promotional items to help raise awareness about the exciting programs Student Media has to offer. During the event, the PR & Design Team connected with 45 people and 15 signed up to learn more.

Photo by Lottye Lockhart
CORRECTION: Valentine Donut Decorating Contest Results

Last week's newsletter incorrectly identified the donuts that tied for second place. Here are the corrected contest results and we apologize for any confusion this grievous error may have caused:
2nd Place Winner (Tie)
Lottye Lockhart - PR & Design Team
2nd Place Winner (Tie)
Jessica Smith - Communication Team

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
Charlottesville Tomorrow Paid Internship:
Charlottesville Tomorrow is currently accepting applications for paid internships during the summer and fall of 2017. "Our internship program is an excellent way to hone one's writing skills and become very familiar with local government, education and planning issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle." Click here for a complete description of the position.
Successful applicants will have strong computer and writing skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possess a strong interest in local government gained through educational or professional experience on issues such as land use, transportation, community design and public education.
Applicants for summer 2017 can email a cover letter and resume by Friday, March 3, to Executive Director Brian Wheeler at The deadline for fall 2017 internships is Friday, June 2.

Virginia Press Association Annual Conference:
The Virginia Press Association (VPA) invites students to attend our annual conference on April 8th: Press Forward. This conference will give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts, thought leaders, and award winning journalists all while networking and building connections with newspapers from all across the state and Washington D.C.

We are making limited student scholarships available: 5 FULL scholarships which includes the cost of lodging for one night and 10 programmatic scholarships which covers everything but lodging. These scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one scholarship per college/university. Don't miss out - contact

Want to learn more? Click here to read all the conference details.

Fund for Public Interest 2017 Internships:
The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America and U.S. PIRG:

"We are currently hiring students to join our summer campaign staff in more than 30 different cities across the country. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication skills and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campaign actions including: running media events, coalition building, canvassing, and writing editorials, all while being paid as members of our staff. Our staffs typically earn an average of $4,500-$6,500 over the summer."
To apply, please visit or call 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784). The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews on campus on, Tuesday 2/28, Wednesday 3/1, and Thursday 3/2.

Clinton Global Initiative U 2017:
Apply now to attend CGI U 2017 at Northeastern University, which will take place from Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The early application and travel assistance deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The final application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

George Mason University is a member of the CGI University Network and has funding available for students accepted to CGI U 2017. Students selected for CGI U 2017 may be eligible to receive travel stipends and seed funding to support their projects. To find out more about CGI U, email, or join CGI U for a weekly webinar at 

Political Internship Summer 2017:
Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!
Institute on Political Journalism  |  June 3 – July 28, 2017  |

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 - 5% tuition discount
Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communication while earning academic credit. Learn more:

Scholarship Opportunity:
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
Big Red will grant five $1,000 Big Red ¡Avance! scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students can learn more about the scholarships at and sign up to be notified when the scholarship application is live in January 2017.
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to
all of our Volunteers, DJs, and Staff Members, who are celebrating
another year this February!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
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